The Times West Virginian


May 20, 2009

TRF: three days of excitement

FAIRMONT — Whether you like country, pop or magic, you will enjoy the entertainment at this year's Three Rivers Festival.

From now through Saturday night, Palatine Park will be a hub of music, laughter and excitement at the 30th annual festival.

The following entertainment will take place at the Palatine Park Main Stage and is free of charge.

Thursday, May 21

• 8 p.m. Alli Gillis

Friday, May 22

• 7 p.m. Josh Knotts, illusionist/magician

• 8 pm. No Bad JuJu

Saturday, May 23

• 4 p.m. Hollywood Bulldozer

• 8 p.m. Bon Journey

• 11 p.m. Fireworks. Palatine Park.

Ali Gillis, a 16-year-old country singer from the Pittsburgh area, is “up and coming,” said Joni Parrish, festival publications director.

“She will be big one day and we can say we had here first, back when.”

Like pop? (No, not the beverage … the music.) Then you’ll like Bon Journey, a hybrid tribute band that pays homage to Bon Jovi and Journey.

“They sound just like Bon Jovi and Journey,” Parrish said. “They are unbelievable.”

The 30th annual Three Rivers Festival kicks off tonight with the grande parade at 6:15 p.m. For the first time in years, all three high school marching bands – Fairmont Senior High School Polar Bear Marching Band, North Marion High School Husky Band and East Fairmont High School Busy Bee Band && Honeybees — will participate as the Honor Bands.

The feature band will be the Fair-Barr-Mann-Ongah Middle School Band, comprising students from Fairview, Barrackville, Mannington, and Monongah middle schools.

Parade marshals will be the North Marion High School girls state basketball championship team. Honorary parade marshal will be the Pittsburgh Pirates Parrot.

The parade begins at Fifth Street, continues down Fairmont Avenue, crosses the High Level Bridge and disbands at the festival at Palatine Park.

The festival float is a star and celebrity in its own right, having won top honors in the West Virginia Strawberry Festival in Buckhannon … coming away with both the Fairs and Festivals first place award and the King’s Choice Award.

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